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2018-06-28 17:33:05

Swiss-based Nova Marine Carriers is embarking upon an ambitious fleet investment plan which has seen the company sign a construction deal for 18 bulkers in China.

Namely, the company has placed an order for six 8,000 dwt and 12 6,000 bulk carriers at Chinese Zhejiang Xinle Shipbuilding.

As disclosed by the shipbuilder, the design of the new bulkers allows for improved energy-saving and operating efficiency.

Nova Marine Carriers has a ten-year old cooperation with Xinle Shipbuilding during which it has ordered the construction of over 30 ships at the yard.

The company has 27 live vessels, four bulkers and 23 small dry ships, according to the data from VesselsValue, as well as three second-hand Handysize bulkers set to be delivered. In addition, the company has stake in four MPP vessels via joint ventures with Carisbrooke Shipping and Algoma Central.

2018-06-28 15:43:52

Chinese shipping firm SITC International Holdings has placed an order for the construction of two container vessels from China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.

Under the deal, unveiled on June 26, the shipowner is to pay USD 58 million for the boxship duo. The new vessels will feature a minimum container intake of around 34,800 tons each.

The first ship from the batch is scheduled for delivery by the end of September 2020, while the second vessel is set to join its owner by the end of November 2020.

SITC International said that the aggregate consideration under the shipbuilding contracts will be paid through internal resources and/or external financing.

The company decided to order additional vessel to meet the increase in demand for its services.

2018-06-26 17:25:32

Monaco-based ship owner and operator GasLog held a keel laying ceremony for its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier at Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard on June 18.

The new unit will feature a capacity of 180,000 m3, XDF propulsion with a 0.07% boil off rate and reliquefaction, GasLog informed.

The company added that the new LNG carrier, which will have a length of 280 meters and a beam of 26.2 meters, is scheduled for delivery in July 2019.

GasLog placed the order for the unit in September 2016. At the time, the company said that it signed a time charter party with UK-based utility company Centrica to charter the vessel for a period of seven years, starting from the second half of 2019.

Data provided by Vessels Value shows that the LNG carrier has a market value of USD 191.2 million.

Apart from this unit, GasLog has four more LNG carriers on order with the South Korean shipbuilder, two of which are expected to join the fleet in 2019, while the remaining duo would be handed over to its owner in 2020.

2018-06-26 15:03:41

Taiwanese shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines is steaming ahead with its fleet build-up plans.

To that end, the company has approved the purchase of a 82,400 dwt Nox Tier III bulk carrier from Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU).

Wisdom Marine plans to assign a total of USD 34 million for the construction of the ship.

Japanese shipbuilders have been the preferred builders of Wisdom Marine’s recent newbuildings.

Namely, in February this year the company invested USD 68 million in two new NOx Tier III Kamsarmaxes, which will also be built by JMU. The order came on the back of a similar deal reached with Imabari Shipbuilding in January. Specifically, Imabari will build two 37,800 dwt bulker newbuildings for a total of USD 49 million.

The order came on the heels of a buying spree from the end of last year which saw Wisdom Marine order two 61,000 dwt bulkers from Tokyo-based builder Kawasaki Heavy Industries and buy a 63,700 dwt bulk carrier from Chijing Shipping.

Based on the company’s website data, there are 14 ships under construction for the company at seven Japanese yards.  Three ships are set for delivery this year, four are set to follow in 2019, six in 2020 and one in 2021.

2018-06-26 14:51:34

E.A. Temile Development Company of Nigeria Limited (Temile) has inked a contract with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for one firm and one optional 23,000 cbm liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.

“Whilst Temile has extensive experience in numerous sections of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria with particular interest in the offshore shipping and logistics sector, our entrance into LPG shipping is a new and exciting venture for us. We feel in very safe hands to have ordered a LPG carrier at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and believe this will increase the local content of Nigerian investors in the LPG space,” Temile’s Chief Executive Alfred Temile said.

According to S.Y. Park, the Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Hyundai Heavy Industries, the order from Temile was secured under a competitive tender process in close co-operation with Nigeria LNG.

The firm eco-design ship will be delivered within the first quarter of 2020 and then placed on time charter to Nigeria LNG Limited.

Temile, a 100 pct Nigerian owned and managed company, ventured into the marine/offshore support vessels sector five years ago. The company’s fleet comprises of 16 offshore vessels all built within the last 5 years.

2018-06-25 17:38:09

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held a float-out ceremony of Costa Venezia, the first Costa cruise ship designed and built specifically for the Chinese market.

The ceremony was held on June 22 at the shipyard in Monfalcone, where the ship is being built for Costa Cruises, the Italian company of Carnival Corporation.

At a length of 323 meters and measuring 135,500 gross tons, Costa Venezia will enter service in March 2019, once the interior fittings have been completed.

With a capacity of more than 5,100 guests, Costa Venezia will be Costa largest ship operating homeport cruises from China.

“As our first ship built specifically for the Chinese market, Costa Venezia marks a new era not just for Costa Cruises and Fincantieri but for the Chinese cruise industry as a whole,” Mario Zanetti, president of Costa Group Asia, said.

Before arriving to China next May, Costa Venezia will set sail for two cruises, both departing from the Italian port of Trieste. On March 3, 2019 the vernissage cruise to Greece and Croatia, followed on March 8 by a 53-day inaugural cruise, making its way through the Mediterranean, the middle east, Southeast and East Asia, before arriving at Tokyo.

Starting from mid-May 2019, Costa Venezia will be dedicated to Chinese guests, with homeport in Shanghai.

Costa Venezia will also be followed by the launch of its sister ship in 2020, being built by Fincantieri at Marghera shipyard. These two new ships for Asia will bring to 14 the total number of Costa ships built by Fincantieri in Italy, for a total investment of over EUR 6 billion.

Overall, the Costa Group currently has seven new ships on order by 2023. Costa Venezia will be followed by Costa Smeralda, the new flagship of Costa Cruises, scheduled for delivery in October 2019.


2018-06-25 17:04:38

Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS is to sell two of its older vessels to Ukraine-based ferry operator Ukrferry.

As informed, the duo has entered into an agreement for the combined freight and passenger ferries, the 1989-built Kaunas Seaways and the 1987-built Vilnius Seaways.

The ferries are expected to be delivered in July, according to DFDS.

Previously deployed in DFDS’ Baltic route network, the ships have been on time charter to Ukrferry for several years, sailing on routes in the Black Sea.

“The sale will affect the employment of around 70 crew members that DFDS will seek to employ in our own route network to the greatest possible extent,” the company said in a statement.

DFDS added that it expects to gain a profit of around DKK 20 million (USD 3.1 million) for the ferry pair.

2018-06-21 17:24:38

China's COSCO Shipping Lines has welcomed to its fleet another 14,500 TEU newbuild, COSCO Shipping Denali.

The naming and delivery ceremony for the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was held at Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding on June 13, 2018.

Flying the flag of Hong Kong, the newbuild has a length of 366 meters and a width of 51.2 meters. Its market value currently stands at USD 88.11 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.

The 155,500 dwt COSCO Shipping Denali is the company’s fourth 14,500 TEU containership that will serve the European route. This type is a next-generation environmentally-friendly containership independently developed by Hudong Zhonghua, according to COSCO.

COSCO Shipping Denali's sister vessels, COSCO Shipping Himalayas, COSCO Shipping Kilimanjaro and COSCO Shipping Alps, were handed over to the company in July and December 2017 and January 2018, respectively.

2018-06-21 14:17:32

Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding has reportedly secured two bulkers from German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers.

Earlier this month, Oshima received an order for 100,000 dwt bulker pair from Oldendorff, several brokers have reported.

The Post-Panamax ships are slated for delivery in 2020.

Although the price details related to the newbuilding contract have not been disclosed, each of the two vessels is estimated to be worth USD 30.7 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.

The two bulkers will be named Diane Oldendorff and Dietrich Oldendorff and each of them will have a length of 235 meters and a width of 38 meters, VesselsValue’s data further suggests.

World Maritime News contacted Oldendorff for more details on the new ships, however, the company is yet to reply.

Oldendorff Carriers already has three 62,100 dwt bulkers on order at Oshima yard, with deliveries due in 2020.

2018-06-20 14:54:59

Port-Glasgow-based shipyard Ferguson Marine is to develop the world’s first renewables-powered hydrogen ferry – HySeas III.

As informed, the shipyard and its European partners won a bid for EU funding support that would enable the building and launch of the world’s first sea-going car and passenger ferry fuelled by hydrogen.

The supported development is expected to cost around EUR 12.6 million (around USD 14.6) of which EUR 9.3 million has been awarded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation fund.

Scheduled to begin on July 1, the project, which is led by Ferguson Marine and the University of St Andrews, includes Orkney Islands Council, Kongsberg Maritime, Ballard Power Systems Europe, McPhy, DLR – German Aerospace Center, and Interferry.

“It’s a very timely collaboration, given that the International Maritime Organization reached an accord in April requiring a 50% reduction in maritime CO2 emissions by 2050. Hydrogen raises the extremely interesting possibility of a long-range, CO2-free option,” Johan Roos, Regulatory Affairs Director at Interferry, commented.

The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity marking a paradigm shift towards entirely emissions-free marine transport, the companies said in a joint statement. Employing Ballard technology, the initial objective is to construct and prove the vessel’s modular drive train onshore, testing for stress and durability under conditions employing real-world data from existing vessels. The successful test will allow a vessel to be constructed.

The vessel is planned to operate in and around Orkney – which is already producing hydrogen in volume from constrained – and hence otherwise wasted – renewable energy.

“Over recent years Ferguson Marine has been at the global forefront of green marine propulsion technology development. This exciting project is yet another positive step on that journey and puts us firmly on track to deliver the world’s first zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial ROPAX ferry in 2020,” Chris Dunn, Chief Naval Architect at Ferguson Marine, said.

“This opens the real possibility of Scotland and her key European partners delivering another world-first not simply in ship-building but also in building sustainable local sources of fuelling in parallel,” Dr. Martin Smith from the University of St. Andrews and Project Coordinator said.

Jim McColl OBE, whose Clyde Blowers Capital now owns the once-threatened shipyard, commented: “Ferguson’s was the last full-service commercial shipyard on in the River Clyde. Since taking over in 2014, we have invested GBP 25 million to bring the yard up to the world-class standards with a new, skilled workforce, that has provided the confidence in leading this hugely important, ground-breaking project.”

Previously in 2012, Ferguson’s launched the MV Hallaig, the world’s first ever battery hybrid ferry. The redeveloped yard achieved another first in November 2017 when it launched the MV Glen Sannox, the first UK ferry build with dual-fuel capability –marine diesel & LNG. The Glen Sannox’ sister vessel is currently under construction at the shipyard.

The University of St Andrews is home to research and development in hydrogen, battery and other energy technologies. A key part of the development aspect is the transferal of knowledge and expertise into real-world applications.

Dr. Smith from the University, along with Jim Anderson at Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) initiated the HySeas programme in 2012. Support from Scottish Enterprise allowed the idea to be taken from an early feasibility study to the point where the focus can now shift into test and delivery.

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